Premier League: Chelsea vs Burnley 6/11/21 – Full Match Report

Chelsea fail to take their chances at Stamford Bridge as Blues and Clarets can’t be separated.


Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).


Pre-game:

Having had 17 different scorers in the campaign so far, Chelsea have been a force not to be reckoned with as they have continued to excel under Thomas Tuchel.


The Blues – currently sat top of the Premier League – have lost on just two occasions this season. Saturday’s midday kick-off saw the London club welcome Sean Dyche’s Burnley, who entered the game in the relegation zone.


The Clarets have won just one game this season, which came last week against an out of sorts Brentford side. Despite their lack of form this season, Burnley were hoping to repeat history at Stamford Bridge – baring their 3-2 victory from 2017 in mind.


However, it is Chelsea who have enjoyed the fixture more over recent years – winning six out of their last seven meetings.


Looking to add to the growing trend, Thomas Tuchel made just one change to the side that won in the North-East last week as Ross Barkley was awarded his first Premier League start of the season.


In the opposing dugout, Sean Dyche named an unchanged side from last week’s victory at Turf Moor.


First half:

Thomas Tuchel’s side started the game positively as Ross Barkley led the Blues forward with Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi as options. The midfielder opted for the 20-year-old, who tested Pope before following up with a poor effort on the rebound.


From here, Chelsea’s engine was ignited with Reece James, Andreas Christensen, Jorginho and Antonio Rüdiger all going for goal in the opening 10 minutes.


Making his first league start of the season, Ross Barkley began the game looking to make a mark and came close to the opener on the 12th minute as his reverse shot fell just wide of the post.


Just before the 20th minute, the visitors had their first shot on target as Maxwel Cornet looked to test Édouard Mendy with a looping overhead kick – which was easily caught by the Chelsea shotstopper.


The Blues were in control for the majority of the game and had Burnley pegged back into their own half. Chelsea had their chances, but struggled to carve out any real opportunity.


However, on the 33rd minute the Blues’ hard work finally paid off as Kai Havertz found the opener.


The German – who minutes before fell into the front row of the crowd – ignited Stamford Bridge as he latched onto Reece James’ inch perfect cross to get the better of Nick Pope.

Chelsea finally had the lead and took their goal advantage into the break.

Second half:

Heading into the second half, Blues are unbeaten in their previous 46 Premier League games when winning at half-time – giving Burnley their cut out going into the second half.


In the first five minutes of play, the hosts should’ve found a second as another superb Reece James cross found Thiago Silva who was denied by the frame of the goal.


Three minutes later, another swift Blues move was very nearly signed off by Kai Havertz who saw his on-target shot deflected for a corner.


Chelsea later had chances through Ross Barkley and Callum Hudson-Odoi – but neither were able to capitalise and find a second.


The hosts were still in control of the game with another goal set in their sights. However, with a long list of missed chances under the belts – the question began to ponder as to whether they would come back to haunt the league leaders.


On the 74th minute, there was a rare chance for the Clarets as Jay Rodriguez guided the cross from the corner into the side netting. Five minutes later, the visitors found their equaliser.


A searching ball found Jay Rodriguez, who brought the ball down inside the penalty area for substitute Matěj Vydra to tuck away.

Suddenly, Thomas Tuchel’s side needed a response.


The Blues huffed and puffed in the remaining 10 minutes but found no way beyond the Burnley backline, with the game then finishing at 1-1.

After the whistle:

After such an impressive start to the season, a result like this had to come at some point for Chelsea.


The Blues were dominant for the majority of the game – and arguably did enough to earn all three points. However, Chelsea failed to take their chances and were made to pay by a resilient Burnley side. Credit must also be given to the Clarets, as earning a point at Stamford Bridge is far from the easiest of tasks.

Despite the result not going their way, Chelsea are heading into the international break top of the Premier League. The Blues will look to set the record straight in their next game as they take on Leicester at the King Power Stadium.


Burnley on the other hand have now picked up four points in their previous two games. Looking to build on their momentum, Burnley are next in action in two weeks time as they take on Crystal Palace at Turf Moor.


Final score:

Chelsea 1-1 Burnley.

- Havertz (33’).

- Vydra (79’).


BBC Sports Player of the match:

Matěj Vydra (Burnley).


Line-ups:

Chelsea (3-4-1-2): Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rüdiger; James, Kanté (85’), Jorginho ©, Chilwell; Barkley (73’); Hudson-Odoi (85’), Havertz.

- Subs: Loftus-Cheek (73’), Mount (85’), Pulisic (85’).


Burnley (4-4-2): Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee ©, Taylor; Gudmundsson (70’), Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Cornet (88’), Wood (61’).

- Subs: Rodriguez (61’), Vydra (70’), Pieters (88’).


Referee:

Andre Marriner.


Possession:

Chelsea (70%) vs Burnley (30%).


Shots:

Chelsea (25) vs Burnley (5).


Shots on target:

Chelsea (4) vs Burnley (2).


Corners:

Chelsea (14) vs Burnley (2).


Fouls:

Chelsea (6) vs Burnley (9).

- (credit | BBC Sport).


Match highlights:

- (credit | Sky Sports Football).

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